Calif. Community Choice Aggregator MCE Looks to be First to Own Generation Resources

California community choice aggregator MCE is taking the first step toward pursuing full or partial ownership in turnkey clean energy projects and is using a request for information process to solicit these projects.

If any projects are selected through this process, MCE would become the first California community choice provider to have full or partial ownership in their power plants, it said on Jan. 25.

MCE is seeking projects that are:

  • New build, repower, or existing resources,
  • Have a minimum full operational capability of 20-30 years,
  • Between 20 and 500 megawatts, and
  • Preferably located within MCE’s service area, within 100 miles of MCE’s service area, or within California.

All projects submitted for review must be fully operational or ready for construction and be submitted for consideration to MCE by March 3, 2023.

Proposals can be submitted on MCE’s website and must include all proposal components as outlined in the Request for Information.

Serving a 1,200-megawatt peak load, MCE provides electricity service and programs to more than 575,000 customer accounts and 1.5 million residents and businesses in 37 communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano.

The American Public Power Association has initiated a new category of membership for community choice aggregation programs.